Thirty five years ago the sextet of Chris D, Dave Alvin, John Doe, Bill Bateman, Steve Berlin and DJ Bonebrake – the original line-up of The Flesh Eaters – from Los Angeles (USA) last recorded an album – today the line-up released the follow up alt-rock LP – I Used to Be Pretty.
The fire and brimstone of earlier material has been diffused in to a slowly striding thread of compositions which, though less forthright in structure, nonetheless still convey a frustration with societal structures that continue to let down other than a few.
The hindsight of three decades have a regretful air the what was wrong in the ’70s and ’80s is no better now and an acknowledgement that despite protest nothing is likely to change any time soon either as so few around the world genuinely care enough to actually do anything other than live in a mire of ever more evidently delusionary ‘I’m all right Jack’ while pointing fingers of irrelevant accusation – one is minded of Martin Niemöller.
Consecutive features by bands from Washington D.C. (USA) is it something to antagonism about Trump in the White House I wonder? This time around the new-wave trio of Mary Timony, Laura Harris, Betsy Wright who form the band Ex Hex who will be releasing the LP It’s Real on the 22nd of March.
Other than suggesting to turn up the speakers and loose yourself in the retrospective warm brushes of the music, I merely add if the eighth track – Cosmic Cave – of the eleven on the LP (which is available on bandcamp) doesn’t have you swooning and join in with the invitation to ‘come on dance with me‘ then you are probably reading the wrong music review site.
The Washington D.C. (USA) alt-rock duo of Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty will be releasing the LP White Stuff on the 1st of March.
Initially formed in 1987, in 2001 they disappeared from the scene to reappear in 2016, with the eleven tracks of White Stuff (available on bandcamp) being the follow-up studio recording to the 2000 album Pound For Pound.
Merging, through the album, both gritty, grinding riffs of grumbling rock with sparkled hip-hop the duo are able to create an album which attests to more than capable seasoned musicians who are able to slough away the jaded armour of longevity to deliver songs that have the vibrancy and freshness of a band approaching the start of their career.
The opening track is the title and firmly rooted in early garage-rock – White Stuff.
The quartet of Sarah Pasillas (Guitar / Vocals / Keys), Kyle Todaro (Drums), Austin Dean (Guitar / Vocals) and Ben Dorcy (Bass), from Seattle (USA) who form the alt-rock band Antonioni release the EP The Odds Were All Beating Me on the 10th.
Antonioni continually shuffle the pack to create tracks of very different atmosphere on the EP (which is available on bandcamp).
Sometimes the keys are given spotlight giving compositions an ethereal nature, other times the guitar leads the way generating songs of more corporeal texture.
Stutter-Step, the most recent song to be revealed and the closer on the EP is an animated two step track which chivvies the audience out on the dance-floor.